Saturday at the NOESIS Museum


April 6. It was husband’s day off and he kept bugging me that we should go out. I was a bit disappointed because we couldn’t go to Mount Olympus Park and it’s the 4th time we have cancelled it. Perhaps we’ll keep doing so until summer comes. *laughing* So  I told him that I don’t know where else to go. He started using my computer as his was turned off. I didn’t realize that he was looking for information about going to the PlanetariumAfter he gathered all the infos, he asked me if I’d be interested to watch (1) a show about Darwin  (2) Wonders of the universe (3) Dinosaurs (4) Enchanted Reef at the Planetarium. He was so excited especially when he saw that they have 2 shows for 10€ only, he was like a little kid that was about to have his toy. How could I say NO looking at his face with an expression of a happy boy? So I said “yes” and I would love to watch any shows about Darwin. Ever since I became an adult, I had the freedom to take an interest in Darwin’s work and how he helped structuring evolution. It’s difficult for me to explain the science and chemistry behind it, but I have understood  at least by now, its concepts and work in nature. I think that everyone should have a background about the topic , good enough to understand how nature works actually. Then we will also have a better understanding of our “being” on this planet.  Evolution helped me appreciate being human, but enlightened me to accept the nature around me. It also helped me see that our planet may look perfect, but it’s actually not. There are places that no human could survive , but other species can. Evolution shows the reality of life: there’s harshness, cruelty, and struggles – yet there’s also beauty in its diversity. Thus, we are not the only unique creature on Earth.

After 2 hours of preparing ourselves (cook, eat, wash), then, our Saturday afternoon drive begun.

The thing was, we had a hard time finding the entrance to the Planetarium! We spent 40-50 minutes on the highway to look for it. We even thought we found the way, but there was no sign of “Planetarium” or “NOESIS”  on the road (at least not very visible!). Amazingly, the Mediterranean Cosmos Mall was so popular that every 2 blocks and highway boards have signs for it. So how come none for the Planetarium – NOESIS?

So how did we find the place?

From the highway, we took a turn to the direction of the Balkan Center. The Planetarium was close to it. We badly needed to find the entrance! And since we took a wrong turn earlier, this time we picked the one we had not taken yet. So up we went on a straight road. We passed by the Balkan Center and after that, we saw a  road on the right. We turned to that direction and we finally managed to find the entrance to the Planetarium! 😀

ENTRANCE TO THE NOESIS – PLANETARIUM
The Planetarium
is a part of the NOESIS Science Center and Technology Museum. 

ME AND THE PLANETARIUM DOME

This globe is the Planetarium. It contains 150 seats.  Later, we will be watching “The Wonders of the Universe” show inside! ^^Y

On our way to the museum:  a view of Mediterranenan Cosmos Mall and the highway.

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INSIDE NOESIS MUSEUM
While Theo was buying our tickets, I was checking the museum’s shop.  I really love those telescopes! And their 3d space and science postcards were great. They cost more than 3€. Many children were buying them. They have puzzles and toys that cannot be found in normal toy stores. Theo was very happy looking at them. I know what he loves after all. 😀

A Wall of Remembrance?
I asked Theo if he could pose behind these old video cameras. I love them, including the guy posing for me. LOL!

I tried to take photos of all the cameras and video cameras displayed on the wall, but I failed because I am short. So I can only manage to take 2 below. One of them is this.

Finally, it’s our time to watch “The Wonders of the Universe”!

On our way in, I saw this poster. We got 5 minutes before the show starts.

Then right in front of us was the huge display of the 1969 landing on the Moon!  BRAVO to Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

As we were near the entrance, another huge display of the “phases of the moon” was at the wall. The place looked dreamy this time. After passing this wall, we entered the dome, the Planetarium. It was quite organized. Theo’s comment was “well this place makes you feel like you are in developed Europe.” We were both surprised how organized and right on time the activities were done at the museum. Perhaps it has something to do with it being “privately owned”.

After we passed the above wall, we were ushered inside the Planetarium. It was a huge dome with 150 seats. Most importantly, the show about “The Wonders of the Universe” was quite beautiful. The only thing that bothered me was that it didn’t have English sub so husband had to translate the Greek dialogue to English once in awhile. Although, I already have an idea what the show was about because we have watched documentaries alike before. But the point of the whole show is to make you feel like you’re travelling in space while seeing the creation of the universe: from the birth of the stars, Big Bang Theory, and how the whole planet was basically created. Full description {here}.

Perhaps this is a controversial show to religious people and followers of the Bible – Genesis. So I am warning anyone who is not open-minded enough to listen and see how the universe, our solar system, and Planet Earth were created – that it will definitely blow your mind because of the vast information and scientific terms you wouldn’t understand if it’s your first time encountering them. But for space science enthusiasts & curious ones, it’s a highly recommended show! You won’t regret being there! 😀

Picture below was after we left the dome. Hubby really love the Nebula’s poster so I took his photo with it.

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COSMOTHEATER 3D

The next show we watched was held at the Cosmotheater 3D. It has the largest cinema flat screen in Greece and has 300 seats. More info {here}. Before the main show “Darwin Natural Selection”, we watched a short documentary about “The Antikythera mechanism”. The show talked about an ancient machine.
[ “This machine has the oldest known complex gear mechanism and is sometimes called the first known analog computer, although the quality of its manufacture suggests that it may have had a number of undiscovered predecessors during the Hellenistic Period. It appears to be constructed upon theories of astronomy and mathematics developed by Greek astronomers and is estimated to have been made around 100 BC.” – wikipedia  ]

Don’t we love the red 3D glasses? 😀

During the “Darwin Natural Selection” show, we were brought back to the time of Charles Darwin’s  expeditions to different islands where he did his research in biology, geology, and anthropology while touring on  “HMS Beagle” ship. This voyage lasted almost 5 years. The wonderful thing about Darwin was that, he took note of things he saw and observed. He questioned anything like for example, “why do same specie of animals can be big and small in sizes?”  In the end he created a structure of understanding how evolution works, and he called it as “Natural Selection”.

[ “Darwin noted that population growth would lead to a “struggle for existence” where favorable variations could prevail as others perished. Each generation, many offspring fail to survive to an age of reproduction because of limited resources. This could explain the diversity of animals and plants from a common ancestry through the working of natural laws working the same for all types of thing.” ]

{ Again, another controversial show for people that believes in “the Genesis” of the bible. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. }

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EXTRA PHOTOS WHILE WE WERE WAITING FOR ANOTHER SHOW TO START

A TELESCOPE

A Telescope outside the shop. I want to have one! LOL

ANTIBIOTIC PILL?

The Giant Pill. I have no idea anymore what the description said. LOL

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD

GMO. Genetically Modified Organism. Another science controversy. But basically, today’s food are at least 90% Genetically Modified and you see that we are living longer lives – and we survived famine because of it. Whether you disagree or not, to me I have nothing against GMO products. Well, in most of them.

CLONING
Plushies adorable-ness!

Cloning. It derived from ancient Greek word “klon” meaning “twig”. In biology, cloning is the process of producing similar populations of genetically identical individuals that occurs in nature when organisms such as bacteria, insects or plants reproduce asexually. Cloning in biotechnology refers to processes used to create copies of DNA fragments (molecular cloning), cells (cell cloning), or organisms.  – Wikipedia

So how would you spend your Saturday?
A 2 hour and a half in Noesis Museum is not a bad thing. It’s actually a fantastic experience! This modern educational facility I will say, is the best in Thessaloniki. 😀

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5 thoughts on “Saturday at the NOESIS Museum

  1. Oh wow! I would have been like a little kid too if I could go there Nessy. What a great tour this was and your photo’s are absolutely amazing and gorgeous!!!! I love them all! Great post and thank so much for sharing. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus | A Second of Life in Greece

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